"Casting Couch"

Fed up. Disgusted. Appalled. Angry. A few of the words that describe how I feel since the revelations of HARVEY , KEVIN and BRETT. There will be others. We MUST change if we are going to continue to have the public see our movies. There has to be a "RULES OF CONDUCT" established by every studio, craft union, and network. 0 tolerence of this behavior has to be written into every contract. Enough is Enough. We will survive this. But we must learn from this and have respect for our collective humanity. "Let it be written. Let it be done"

Ken Koh

The silence has been broken slightly, but hopefully more convictions will set an example.

S.J. Robinson

Agreed, Hollywood needs a rewrite, bring it on...

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Hear! Hear!

S.J. Robinson

Let's get to work (^^,)

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Darryl F. Zanuck invented the "casting couch" way back when.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

LindaAnn Loschiavo That is one invention we could have done without. Edison, Ford, Wright Brothers YES. This one not so much. Thank you Madame Curator.

Jorge J Prieto

Thanks Steven, but this people are sick, perverted with evil minds & souls if they have a soul. We, the victims(myself included) need to speak up, be brave, and I know this is not easy. #malesurvival

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Thank you! Jorge J Prieto

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

@Jorge J Prieto You are right. Are you participating in the "November Write Club"? Hope I am not the only Metro NYC member. Wish you well.

Ken Koh

LindaAnn. If there were more like you the industry would be safer and better.

Ken Koh
Jorge J Prieto

@Steven Harris Anzelowitz yes I'm in 3rd Annual Write Club with my very first short. Glad you are in as well representing our beloved NYC.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Jorge J Prieto So glad my friend. I think besides you and me there is just one other from our beloved NYC.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Thank you very much Ken Koh

Dan MaxXx

Accused is not a guilty verdict. Damn, I luv Rocky & Rambo characters. My DVD collection is going into trash.

Janet Elizabeth Swainston

I'm just waiting for some of my personal heroes to fall....rumours are one thing but actual accusations out in the press are another ... I don't know how so many people that are so lucky to have so much can be such scumbags in private ... glad that fame no longer protects them!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Credible sources are reliable... Not sensationalizing tabloids, like Daily Mail, like Yahoo, etc.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Any thoughts on how to help bring about change? Steven's original post also mentions "we MUST change." There's been some great discussion on various podcasts, like Scriptnotes, about putting more policies in place with the WGA, with agencies/management companies representing actors, etc. New standards of operations, like no more meetings or auditions in hotel rooms, period. Directions on what to do if you witness abuse/harassment, to say something, etc. Should there be stronger ethics enforced by Studio's Board of Directors? The Academy? Could they help enforce change? 'Cause despite the wave of accusations and the recent exposing of horrible sexual abusers who have gotten away with it for far too long, there are good people in the industry too. People want change.

Ken Koh

No. We don't need a ministry of truth and each of us can decide what news are 'credible' thank very much Beth. Remember the fake news NYT and NBC killed the Weinstein story: http://nordic.businessinsider.com/harvey-weinstein-matt-damon-russell-cr...

Ken Koh

The laws are already in place and but just haven't been enforced. The change has to be a cultural and a change in attitude. And I think it's beginning to happen now.

Dan MaxXx

Hey Beth, changes will happen when new folks get jobs in the Industry, jobs with power like studio exes and ownership in Talent agencies. Leadership starts at the top and flows down.
I got my first jobs in entertainment around late 90s and I never had to speak to HR department or had any training classes on sexual harassment or bullying. It was generally accepted as part of the lifestyle or work environment . Remember Entourage TV show ? The character Ari Gold is an asshole but there were/still lots of Real Life Ari Golds abusing assistants.
I really don't know what goes on with top level exes and A List Talent. I was never in that circle.
Anyways , if folks want to change, they gotta be in the business first. Can't be on the sidelines and talk theory. Gotta put in the work. Have jobs and in positions of power.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Beth Fox Heisinger Dan MaxXx Janet Elizabeth Swainston S.J. Robinson Thank you all for your comments. Bottom line. We MUST change. Period. Good suggestions, But ACTION speaks louder than WORDS. So I am going to be ANGRY, & UPSET for a while. It's up to the STUDIOS, and the CRAFT UNIONS now!!!!

Ken Koh

Dan what are you talking about? I started on the job at the bottom making coffee on set and saw this kind of behavior...you don't need any fancy position to see this kind of harassment. You don't have to be an A-List or Z-List to see what goes on. What's up with this elitism?

Dan MaxXx

Ken , no elitism. And I started at bottom as well. I had to walk my Boss' dog. Was that part of my job, walking a dog? No. But it was considered "paying dues."
Folks do a lot of shitty awful things in Entertainment, not just Americans and Hollywood. And if folks expect change, it starts at leadership jobs.

Ken Koh

It seldom works from the top down but bottom up. Each one of us can be the change all we gotta do is speak up whenever you see something and not just go along to get along. But it's happening now as you can see more and more people are coming forward. We've hit critical mass and it's not going back. That is not to say all allegations are true but if you've been around long enough you shouldn't be surprised.

Beth Fox Heisinger

The Daily Mail is well known to be a tabloid. Hell, even Wikipedia deemed it an "unreliable source" as of February 2017—banning it. Melania Trump recently sued them for libel over false claims, and accepted their apology and their expected payment of damages, upwards of 3 million.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Here's the Scriptnotes Podcast, should anyone be interested. Long-time screenwriters, John August and Craig Mazin discuss sexual harassment in Hollywood, from the abusers to the day-to-day bullying and bad behavior. I thought it to be helpful. Anyway, they discuss harassment at the beginning of the podcast, so you certainly don't need to listen to the whole thing. Here's the link: https://johnaugust.com/2017/all-of-it-needs-to-stop. ;)

Ken Koh

Beth. Remember when NYT, WaPo, CNN, MSN, LA Times sold us on WMDs in Iraq? Unfortunately, 500,000 children were killed and crazy Madeline Albright said "It was worth it" on 60mins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0uvgHKZe8

Dan MaxXx

Are there scandals overseas? Anybody fired or accused of Rape/Sexual harassment in Europe, Bollywood, Asia, Brit Film Industry?

Janet Elizabeth Swainston

The UK has had its share of scandal and abuse in the entertainment industry in the last few years....a few pedo's have been outed.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Thank you for all your comments but until the STUDIOS, NETWORKS, CRAFT UNIONS make a joint statement and sign a universal code of conduct for everyone. We will NOT change. Sure there will be no allegations, a court trials both criminal and civil. Abf HOLLYWOOD HONCHOS love the publicity but not this kind of publicity really enough is enough the only way it will ever stopist hit it where it hurts in your wallet. If there is a universal code of conduct enacted and everyone signs it perhaps this perverse, disgusting degrading, aggressive, sick behavior will cause that person to think twice before he asks his prey to come to his trailer for a "meeting" It is time to act!!!;

JD Hartman

"...until the STUDIOS, NETWORKS, CRAFT UNIONS make a joint statement and.....". the craft union are a separate entity and will not ever be ruled by or get into bed with private businesses like the studios or network on any level. A silly statement Steven.

IATSE had already issued a resolution in July 2017 and the DGA had began the process of expelling Weinstein.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

@JD Hartman- Silly? Maybe! But more has to be done. And a joint statement or Press Conference by the STUDIOS, NETWORKS, UNIONS will send a powerful message to remind anyone who wants to participate in this vile, sick, predatory, disgusting behavior will perhaps think twice. Given the gravity of this crisis to try and get it solved this action is anything but SILLY!!!!! Tell SILLY to the VICTIMS see what THEY say. You follow? This is not about what you think about me this is about getting CHANGE in our industry. So get with the solution or become the problem.

JD Hartman

"......this is about getting CHANGE in our industry."

It's not your industry either....has one of your scripts been brought to life? Even as a short or trailer?
Have you ever been on a set?
Have you Produced or Directed anything?
Have you ever participated in the production of a short, music video, industrial commercial or anything associated with film or video production in any capacity?

Not making posts full of bluster and hot air doesn't make me part of the problem either.

I've always treated the crew members I've worked with as equal, be they male or female. Actually female crew are often easier to work with, as everything isn't an ego trip or opportunity for "one upsmanship" with them.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

SILLY? Of course it's not my industry. And just because I have not directed or produced anything yet and only (3) copyrighted scripts that does not negate my caring about getting this problem solved . And maybe if you were not so full of your own hot air & bluster you would understand that solving this problem is essential moving forward. NOT attacking fellow Stage 32 members who want to find a solution. So JD Hartman have a great day. And try to see the BIG PICTURE. Because you don't seem to see it. I am not the problem. You are not the problem. But THERE IS a problem!!! And the more everybody: STUDIOS, NETWORKS, CRAFT UNIONS get to together to come up with a CODE OF CONDUCT the better. Why don't you go tell the VICTIMS that THEY are full of BLUSTER and HOT AIR. As I said when I started this thread I am fed up, disgusted, appalled and angry about this 100 years of "casting couch" BEHAVIOR. So make some positive SUGGESTIONS and put in links like others here are doing instead of ATTACKING those of us that want CHANGE!!! PERIOD!! END OF STORY!!

JD Hartman

IATSE has issued a statement, they did not tolerate it in the past and will not tolerate it in the future. Did you miss that little detail?
Do I have to post links so you can share it with your Linked-In network?

I'm not attacking, I'm pointing out some facts.

JD Hartman

SAH said, " And just because I have not directed or produced anything yet......."
.
So don't call yourself a Producer and Director when you aren't. As pointed out by another long standing member. S32 is rife with members claiming to that, which they are not.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

JD Hartman Thank you for letting me know about the IATSE statement. And no detail is little. YES!, please post the link here make sure it prints RED and I will share it with my (1,988 FILM,TV, & STAGE creatives LinkedIn network). Thank you for your service. The more people that are aware of the CHANGES IATSE is trying to make to resolve this "CASTING COUCH" mentality the better. This is not about you making a POST. Or me making a POST. It is about getting as many people involved to make sure we can end this sick, disgusting behavior. If we do not learn to respect each other we will not have HUMANITY. We will continue to live and work in a HOSTILE environment of FEAR which is NO WAY to LIVE or WORK. You Follow?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

JD Hartman First of all it is SHA. Not SAH. Second instead of attacking a fellow Stage32 member why not help attack the problem. You really need to focus on what is important. And you said you were going to post that IATSE statement. I guess you thought attacking a fellow member was more of a priority than helping shed light on what you said IATSE is doing. Myself and others would benefit from seeing that link. It is not just about what you do or I do but helping others. So help or not up to you.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Beth Fox Heisinger I am really trying to help. What are the Stage32 guidelines for calling yourself a Director/ Producer? I have (3) copyrighted scripts, Signed SAG/AFTRA contract offers out to (27) cast members. I have hired a cinematographer. a production designer and we are ready to go. We are working on getting financing. My production company is called CITY & SUBURBAN MOTION PICTURES. JD Hartman says I cannot say I am a Director/Producer because nothing has been produced yet. But no matter what I am going to continue to fight this "Casting Couch Crisis" no matter what. Period!

Janet Elizabeth Swainston

There seems to be a lot of misunderstandings and anger on S32 today. Maybe we all need a break.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Janet Elizabeth Swainston Thank you. I do need a break. But I am going to stay angry and fed up and disgusted until we see some solution to this "Casting Couch" behavior. There are victims that do not think it's SILLY! I am going to order PIZZA and watch a NETFLIX comedy.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Steven, I am unaware of any S32 guidelines. Positions/titles are defined by the job and the industry. But... If you are in the process of producing a film... then you are producing. ;)

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

@Beth Fox Heisinger- Thank you for those kind words of support.

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Dan MaxXx yes there are scandals overseas coming to light as well. One of Belgium's most known content creators/producers (Bart De Pauw) was recently accused by several women. Here's an English article that was posted 7 days ago https://projectauthenticity.org/2017/11/13/11533/

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Evelien And Dorien Twins Thank you for answering the question that Dan MaxXx raised. The more of us that get the information out there the sooner this"Casting Couch" behavior will be STOPPED. On a positive note a former Obama official is making a bid to buy TWC. If successful plans to install a majority Female board of directors. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter the former Obama Administration official was quoted as saying: "This will send a clear message to the industry that this kind of sick, disgusting, depraved behavior will not be tolerated. So thank you for letting Dan MaxXx know and the rest of the contributors on this thread for furnishing links : LindaAnn Loschiavo Beth Fox Heisinger . It is snowing in MANHATTAN, so I will be in all morning if anyone has more links to share. Thank you.

Dan MaxXx

Steve,
If you never had a job in the Industry or never worked on any jobs on a film or TV set, or don't belong to a trade Union, how do you know working Industry people are not making work environment changes from inside now or in past? What do you know about "casting couches" if you never worked in Show Business?
I am not in Show Business myself but the folks who are, they will clean up their own mess or be unemployed. Some might go to jail.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Dan MaxXx We can only hope. Thanks Dan

Dan MaxXx

Yes steve , sexual harassment is a global problem, not just Show Business.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a global problem. Media tends to focus on famous names but it's not only those well-known actresses/ actors who have been victims. These miserable creeps live EVERYWHERE. Ugh!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

These creeps days are numbered.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Speaking of creeps, As the allegations continue outside Hollywood long time talk show host and CBS Anchor CHARLIE ROSE was accused by (6) women today. So this is a worldwide global problem that is in EVERY industry. It just hit HOLLYWOOD first with HARVEYGATE. Still fed up & disgusted by this sick sometimes behavior. My only hope is that not only will justice be done but REAL change and respect for each other in the workplace, ANY WORKPLACE will occur. That is all.

Dan MaxXx

Polanski and Woody Allen are still making movies. Don't see any folks asking them to quit show bizness.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Dan MaxXx Good point.

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